Category Archives: Elections

Elections and elected officials of Kerrville and Kerr County, Texas.

Races for Place 1 and 2 shape up as deadline passes

Friday was the deadline to apply for a spot on the 2017 Kerrville City Council election ballot, and the race will not be as competitive as we thought. Despite 11 men submitting applications to fill the vacancy on Place 4 last week, only 2 of those candidates actually filed for the election ballot.

For Place 1, Mr. Vincent Voelkel turned in his application to run against incumbent Stephen Fine. Mr. Fine also turned in his packet last week, so he will appear on the May ballot. These two will be the only candidates on the ballot in this year’s election for Place 1.

For Place 2, only one candidate will appear on the ballot: George Baroody. Incumbent Glenn Andrew did not choose to seek re-election to his seat. So only Mr. Baroody will appear on the ballot, giving him a “free pass” for Seat 2.

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So you wanna be a city councilmember…

Good on you! Way to take the initiative and get involved in your community. The upcoming 2017 election occurs on May 6, and will include City Council Place 1 and Place 2. Current holders of those seats are Stephen Fine and Glenn Andrew, respectively.

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The first thing you’ll need to know is that you must file an application  to get a place on the ballot. The application fee is $100, which is waived if you file a valid petition instead. You must get 100 signatures of qualified and registered voters in the city to waive the filing fee. The important thing to remember is they must be qualified to vote in CITY elections — not county. If they’re not eligible to vote in the city, their signature isn’t counted towards that 100.

Qualifications for Office

To hold a position on city council, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Qualified voter in the State of Texas;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Resident of the City for 12 consecutive months (or you must have lived in a recently annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months);
  • Cannot hold any other elected office or city employment.

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Applications and petitions can be picked up starting now at City Hall in the City Secretary’s office. Call 258-1117 for more information. Or visit the city’s election page for more info.

You must file your completed application/petition between January 18 and February 17, 2017.

The Historic City Election of 2016

On Saturday, May 7, the final votes were cast in an historic city council election in Kerrville, Texas. Record voter turnout for early voting plus election day voting helped boost Bonnie White to the mayor’s seat, and kept Place 3 and 4 incumbents in their seats — Gary Stork and Gene Allen, respectively.

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Bonnie White has become only the second female mayor of Kerrville in the city’s history. The last time a woman was elected mayor was in the mid 1970s. She garnered 52.9% of the 3,205 votes cast for the mayor’s race, beating challenger Glenn Andrew.

Numerous candidates challenged the incumbents in Places 3 and 4, but Stork and Allen held on, taking 39% and 37% respectively, gaining a plurality of votes in the crowded fields for those races.

Statements from the Candidates

Bonnie White: “Thank you Kerrville. I am so honored to be your Mayor.”

Gene Allen: “Well my friends, it’s finally over. We ran a great race, we held our heads high and took the high road many times. We prevailed! History was made yesterday from what I was told. Being Re-elected makes for the longest serving council member in this city’s history. That’s unconfirmed, but what I was told by authorities on the subject! Lol […] Thanks to all who have encouraged, and helped in any way to make this possible. My promise to you is that I will continue to strive to make Kerrville better than it already is! Thanks so much! Gene”

City of Kerrville City Council Forums

The Hill Country Area League of Women Voters hosted candidate forums at Schreiner University this week. Place 3 and Place 4 candidates answer questions in the two videos below, but no mayoral forum was held because Bonnie White declined the invitation to participate.

City of Ingram Candidate Forums

The Hill Country Area League of Women Voters hosted two forums in Ingram last week for candidates for city council. The forums were hosted at the Ingram Elementary School and included separate forums for mayor and for alderman. Watch the videos below.

2016 Primary Election Results are in!

Full election results as provided by the county. (PDF)

Kerr County Commissioner Precinct 1

The County Commissioner Precinct 1 Race was the closest local race, and because one person did not claim a majority of the votes (50+%), we are headed to a runoff between Dr. William Rector and Mr. Harley Belew.

Here are the tabulations for Commissioner Pct. 1:

Name Votes Pct.
Rector 1,323 39.85%
Belew 1,086 32.71%
Jones 554 16.69%
Lambert 222 6.69%
Taylor 135 4.07%

Constable Precinct 1

Tommy Rodriguez defeated Albert Luebano handily with 60% of the vote. The totals were 1,839-1,222.


Constable Precinct 3

Challenger Kenneth Wilke defeated incumbent Angel Garza with a 3:2 margin. Wilke received 1,129 (59.99%) to Garza’s 753 (40.01%).

BREAKING: Mayor Jack Pratt withdraws from race

Kerrville’s current mayor, Jack Pratt, announced today on REV-FM that he will withdraw from the 2016 mayoral campaign.

This leaves just two candidates for mayor: current city councilwoman in Place 2, Bonnie White, and challenger Glenn Andrew.

More information coming soon as it becomes available.

Three’s company when it comes to council races

The race for city council keeps getting more and more crowded. As of today, we have three people running for mayor, three running for Place 3, and three running for Place 4.

If you’re keeping track at home, here are the players that have announced as of today:

Mayor Race: Jack Pratt (i), Glenn Andrew, Bonnie White

Place 3: Gary Stork (i), George Baroody, Vincent Voelkel

Place 4: Gene Allen (i), James Hart, Gene Smith

See our article: City Council Elections

Early Voting Starts Today!

Get ready to vote, Kerr County! Early voting begins today at the Cailloux Theater at 910 Main Street and the Kerr County West Annex Courthouse at 3350 Hwy 27 in Ingram.

What Precinct Am I in?

Check this map: http://www.co.kerr.tx.us/commcrt/electionprecinctsmap.pdf

What do I bring?

Don’t forget that you’ll need ID. A driver’s license will work, or CHL permit, or passport, among other things. Check this link for more options.

Ballots

Check the links below for sample ballots to avoid that “who the *** are these people?” feeling you might get in the ballot box.

Democratic – All Precincts
Republican – Precincts 101, 107, 109, 113, 118, 119
Republican – Precincts 202, 211, 215, 220
Republican – Precincts 303, 308, 312, 314
Republican – Precincts 404, 405, 406, 410, 416, 417

Where do I go?

Here’s a map to the Cailloux Theater.

Precinct 1 Forum to be hosted by GOP

The Republican Party of Kerr County will hold another candidate forum for Precinct 1 candidates on Thursday, February 11, at 6 PM at the Union Church in Kerrville.

The event is free and open to the public. See this page to learn more about candidates seeking office in Precinct 1.

Watch the previous candidate forum featuring candidates for Commissioner Precinct 1.